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'The People's Fireworks' Leave Some D.C. Residents Fired Up

A lot of District residents assume that the sound of cheap rockets and firecrackers comes with the territory on the Fourth of July, but some say that the annual tradition — which is largely illegal — has gotten out of hand.

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D.C. To Get More Body Cameras, But Only If Public Gets Access To Footage

The press and public will have the right to request footage from the body-worn cameras being deployed by the D.C. police department, a victory for open government advocates who feuded with Mayor Muriel Bowser over access to the footage collected by the cameras.
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D.C. To Penalize Stores That Sell Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is hard to regulate but easy to find. Officials say it's being sold all over D.C., in gas stations, liquor stores and other retail outlets — and the stuff is far from harmless.
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The Supreme Court Rules on King v. Burwell

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this morning that the federal government may continue to provide tax subsidies to lower income individual and families who signed up for health insurance on federally run health exchanges. Join us for an update on the decision and its implications

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Metro Safety Makeover Is Possible, But Priorities Must Be Set, NTSB Head Says

After two days of hearings on the deadly L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident, Christopher Hart said his agency has a better understanding of what might have gone wrong in the tunnel, and what Metro can do to improve.

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Day 2 Of NTSB Hearings Turns On Metro's Close-Call Reporting System

Metro's safety culture was under the microscope on the second day of NTSB hearings, including some memorable exchanges about the bathroom habits of train operators.

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The FDA Bans "Trans Fats"

The federal government has ordered American food companies to remove trans fats from their products within the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration pushed forward with the ban out of a concern for how trans fats have contributed to obesity and heart disease, among other things. "Food Wednesday" explores the ban, and the role technology is playing in replacing trans fats.

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Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' In Metro Smoke Incident

A chaotic picture emerged from the first day of testimony at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters about the harrowing Jan. 12 incident.

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Transit Unions See No Surprises In Federal Report On Metro Safety Lapses

Unions representing Metro transit workers say that many of the troubling findings that came out Wednesday in the Federal Transit Administration's "safety management inspection" report were unsurprising, and echo what they have long said about Metro's lack of a safety culture.

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'Serious Safety Lapses' At Metro, According To Federal Oversight Agency

The Federal Transit Administration has released a 116-page report on Metro following the deadly smoke incident in January, finding the transit agency has safety issues as specific as operational employees chatting on cell phones and as broad as system-wide maintenance issues and inconsistent management.

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